Elton John & Renate Blauel.

In the mid-1980's I was staying in Los Angeles, California with my mum & dad, at the home of some friends in Anaheim.

How I met Renate Blauel.

One day I decided that I wanted to go to Universal Studios for the day & as my parents didn't want to go I got a lift from their friend Ron, who worked at Warner Brothers, Burbank studios. I went into Burbank studios with him to see where he worked & then went on to Universal Studios for the day.

I had just entered Universal Studios & was in the queue for the backstage tour when I noticed a beautiful woman in the queue in front of me with two very large men. I thought I recognised her & suddenly realised where I had seen her before. I had seen her in the newspapers a couple of days before when she had got married to pop legend, Elton John, she was Renate Blauel.

As we were queuing up for the tour, I said hello to her & started talking to her telling her I had seen her in the papers a few days before. We started talking & she told me that as soon she & Elton John had got married they had flown to California as he was making a video for his record 'I'm still standing'. The video had been filmed in Cannes, France & was being edited in California.

She introduced me to her two minders as we talked & queued up for the backstage tour. We continued talking as we waited in line, she was asking if I was on my own & how long I was on holiday for. As we got to the front of the line she turned away to talk to her minders & told them that she didn't need them anymore & that she was going to go on the backstage tour with me. They then left & I spent a few hours with her on the Universal Studios backstage tour. 

When the tour finished she thanked me for my company & said that she had to leave to meet Elton John. I spent the rest of the day walking around Universal Studios & when I had finished I walked back to Burbank to get a lift home. When I saw Ron I asked him to guess which famous singers wife I had spent the morning with. Straight away he said Renate, Elton John's wife. When I asked him how he knew he said he just guessed as he had seen Elton John was in the studios working.

I didn't meet Elton John, but I did get to meet his very beautiful wife Renate who was kind enough to accompany me on my backstage tour of Universal Studios. It was another great memory that I will never forget.